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Blood bungle patients wait for the truth.


HUNDREDS of Scots infected with Hepatitis C or HIV by blood products or transfusions will today find out what caused the NHS breakdown that left them sick or dying.

Lord Penrose will deliver his report into the scandal, which saw haemophiliacs and other patients given the blood of skid row prisoners in the US and Scotland.

Professor and TV presenter Robert Winston has described it as "the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS".

Campaigners said about 365 haemophiliacs and up to 1200 other people were infected. About 70 caught HIV - and many of them were children.

Haemophiliac Philip Dolan, convener of the Scottish Infected Blood Forum, fears the report won't bring victims or the families of those who died closure.

Philip, who has Hepatitis C, said: "During the process, Lord Penrose only allowed six people to give oral evidence but 80 applied to be core participants.

"People think something positive is going to happen when the report is published but I don't have that view.

"I don't think Lord Penrose will recommend anything. More doctors than patients were allowed to speak and that leaves a big question.

"We simply want the truth."


CRITICAL Robert Winston

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 25, 2015
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